On August 4, 2012, actions in support of Belarusian political prisoners were held in many countries throughout the world. They were held in the framework of the International Day of Solidarity with civil society and human rights movement in Belarus and were timed to coincide with the anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, who was thrown in prison on August 4, 2011.
Actions in support of Ales Bialiatski took place today in Ukraine, Italy, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Russia.
In Kiev, a banner with a portrait of Ales Bialiatsky, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has appeared in the downtown. In Moscow a marathon of solidarity with Belarusian civil society was held, as well as a roundtable discussion entitled “Parallels: What can Russia Learn from Belarus?” Participants in the discussion included Belarusian human rights defenders (Valentin Stefanovich), well-known Russian human rights defenders like Valentin Gefter, and Belarusian specialists and journalists.
Another action in support of Bialiatski took place in the German city of Leipzig. The association Belarus Public Interest Group performed street theater and held an action displaying photographs with epigraphs about solidarity and support.
In Zürich, Switzerland supporters of Libereco and Amnesty International expressed their support of Ales Bialiatski and all other who are detained and repressed in Belarus for political reasons.
Actions of solidarity also took place in Norway, Georgia, and Sweden and other counties.